HilaryBevan Jones has taken over as chairman of the The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta), succeeding Duncan Kenworthyafter his two-year stint.

Bevan Jones will be the first woman to chair the Academyin its 60-year history, after having served as deputy chairman for one year. Kenworthy will now take the role of deputy chairman for ayear.

Shesaid: "Under Duncan Kenworthy's leadership Bafta has not only consolidated its values but has movedforward and evolved for the future. I very much look forward to working withThe Academy in their continued development, promotion and education of themoving image."

Bevan Jones began her career at BBC television and she is nowa drama producer and co-managing director of Tightrope Pictures with the writerPaul Abbott.

Hermost recent producer credits include All In The Game, a film made for Channel 4 starring Ray Winstone. She is currently executiveproducing The Innocence Project, aneight-part drama for BBC One.